LL- you still miss the point..a first ascent can only be done once...no matter what, you know a route has been done, you know it goes..that helps a lot.
look at something like Cannon..you basically know where the route goes..you can see ledges and corners and roofs...you get a basic pattern of the climb
being in a remote area means nothing about difficult or routefinding at all..you just get less chance to fuck up..its not the climbing that does it.. a 5.10 corner is a 5.10 corner.. friend of mine did a big ,new climb in the Yukon..he placed bolts...he climbed wide cracks etc.. its not sport/trad..its climbing
I know many place where some one climb a route and didn't say nothing about it. Few years later, some one claim the first ascent. We had a polymic with iceland climber about Quebec climber opening new route done long time before. Some guide bring there clients in France on a spire and place block as a proof of first ascent. He climb the spire the next morning to pull the block down. Finally, he bring an other client for a first ascent of the same spire two or three times.
First ascent means nothing. You can take a picture and read the rock to find the path of less resistance and choose to climb. It is as much a first ascent than if you had a line in a book that you have to follow. The guide book is to avoid that some one loss is time trying some thing over is head or too easy. If you keep the information at the level of a first ascent, with some clue for route finding to avoid that the guy take three days...it is doing trad with all the difficulty of route finding, not knowing if you are in the good place, not knowing if the corner is 5.8 or 5.10. In some climb, I keep my strength to do a hard move at the second pitch, but the crux was at the four???
For the bolt, you can use it as convenience. In down east, placing a bolt in the crux and the route is not even a route...as it is dirty and the rock was loose (I climbed some thing there, North south west). Driving a piton in the rock or driving a bolt on a slab is not so different. The game is not to be kill when we climb, but it is not to make the move as easy as a boulder problem on the ground. In placing bolt in trad, it is not to work the route, it is to save your life in a fall.
Look at what you wrote Strandman. Even if you take position for sport climbing, you wrote with a lot of knowledge. Many sport/trad climber don't have that knowledge. The decision to do many hard move in a row, instead of few hard move with a long approach and insecurity is not criticized by me. It is a challenge to do hard move and it is a challenge to do a route like a first ascent. If you change the cliff to be able to say that you are good and have your name on the next guide book, I will say some thing else. If you have contemps for the psychological challenge of route finding, protection for safety, not for progression (except for aid climbing)...I will be more agressive. Our differences is about what is sport and trad. You think that just changing a bolt for a cam and you are a trad climber... In the NCCS, they avoid to discuss protection because it is not climbing...it is when you fall. So, the distinction between trad and sport is not protection. Climber fall in both.